Financial Controller - Manufacturing Accountant
Newport, Wales, GB
7h ago

CompanyClosing date19 / 07 / 2019Service lineCAF United KingdomLocationNewport, WalesRemaining vacancies / positions01


CAF is an international market leader in the design, manufacture, maintenance and supply of equipment and components for rail systems, with a presence across the globe.

CAF Rolling Stock UK Ltd are a UK subsidiary of the Spanish owned parent company and have a brand-new assembly factory in Newport (Wales) with a workforce of around 200 staff.

The Finance Controller for CAF Rolling Stock UK Ltd will be based in Newport and work as part of the central shared service Finance Team, which are based in Nottingham.

  • As a member of the Senior Management Team this role is integral to the financial performance measurement of the company through : production of timely and accurate financial information;
  • aiding the manufacturing process through the provision of financial advice and support; and developing and maintaining strong working relationships with Senior Managers across the business.

    Main responsibilities :

  • As the financial lead of a manufacturing facility take responsibility for, and support senior management in, all financial matters of the manufacturing process.
  • Play a lead role in the Governance of the business and the manufacturing process, driving a culture of cost control and efficiency of operations.
  • Work closely with the wider central finance team to ensure accurate and timely management of financial information and reporting into Parent Company.
  • Preparation of the Monthly Manufacturing Accounts including; Cost and revenue reconciliations based on cost of completion.
  • Co-ordination of all departments in the delivery of monthly financial information.Reporting and evaluation of Key Operational Metrics (KPIs) to highlight and address adverse variances that are impacting on performance;
  • Ongoing development of management information to aid decision making.Variance analysis and interpretation of financial information for stakeholders.

    P&L analysis to deliver monthly reporting to parent company, to strict deadlines.

  • Lead the annual budgeting and half yearly forecasting process, ensuring budget holder ownership.
  • Manage the annual fixed asset budgeting process to strict authorisation policy.
  • Prepare end of year and half year reporting analysis to parent company.
  • Present monthly results to the Senior Management Team.
  • Work with the Project Director in the provision of project performance analysis and forecasting.
  • Management of the balance sheet including the fixed asset register.
  • Develop the financial IT processes associated with production (including costing analysis) to improve the confidence in financial information (e.
  • g. stock valuation; product level profitability).

  • Work with the production buying team to ensure the internal purchasing controls drive efficiency and control costs.
  • Manage stock control and stock management procedures to ensure inventory levels are accurately recorded (this includes financial lead on stock counts).
  • Liaise with the Shared Service team and the Spanish Parent Company as required.
  • Oversee the external financial audit onsite.
  • Work with the business to ensure adequate internal audit controls and act as the financial contact for internal audit.
  • Work across locations as required, including short visits to Spain.
  • Act as the point of contact onsite for all financial matters.
  • Raise concerns & issues to manager in a timely manner where deadlines appear to be at risk
  • Develop and implement company financial policies and procedures
  • Participate fully in company training and business improvement initiatives
  • Qualifications

    ACCA or CIMA chartered accountant alongside a suitable period and quality of Post Qualification Experience (PQE) within a manufacturing environment.

    Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Experience of previous accounting in a lean manufacturing / engineering environment
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of profitability reporting and skills to assess and interrogate information
  • Experience of BAAN desirable though not essential
  • Excellent systems skills including MS Excel and other software packages relevant to the role
  • An understanding of reporting requirements demanded by a complex and diverse business and Group finance function combined with the technical discipline of working with varying accounting and business systems
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary role working in a fast-paced team environment
  • Able to work on own initiative remote from core finance team
  • Robust and enthusiastic personality and a demonstration of the ability to work to strict deadlines
  • High standards and an ability to influence key stakeholders
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues at all levels in the Company
  • Able to work flexibly and work across a broad range of activities as the role evolves. This includes travel to other sites as and when required, including short visits to Spain and working a reasonable amount of additional hours.
  • Language skills : advanced written and verbal English language skills (Spanish is a plus)
  • General

    Participate as and when required in team and one-to-one meetings, and undertake training relevant to the role.

    Keep up to date with developments within the Company and other sector wide practices that influence the day-to-day activities within the role, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and any other relevant external / internal factors eg.

    Company policies and procedures, quality management standards, health and safety.

    Ensure, in the course of employment, complete confidentiality is maintained in respect of the company, its dealings, transactions, and all other information relating to clients / customers and staff.

    Promote the Company by whatever means are appropriate and available so as to ensure a positive image to customers / clients.

    Demonstrate commitment to the aims and objectives of the Company and the implementation of its Equal Opportunities policy in the workplace.

    In addition to the duties and responsibilities outlined, you must be prepared to undertake such additional duties which may result from changing circumstances, but which may not of necessity change the general character or level of responsibility to the post.

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